Friday, April 28, 2017

Irish Chain Quilt and Faded Memories Blog Tour

Irish Chain quilt - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Over the past few weeks I've had the chance to sew with a new fabric line from Penny Rose fabrics, called Faded Memories.  It's designed by Gerri Robinson (Planted Seed Designs).  The line has a mix of pretty, deep reds and blues (see all of the prints here).  For my project I wanted to keep things simple - and classic.  So I chose to use just a few of the blue prints from the line, and what's more classic than a good ol' Irish Chain quilt?

Faded Memories fabric from Penny Rose fabrics
The navy in this line is such a great navy color - it's not a black-navy, and not a purple-navy.  It's!  And the lighter blue color is lovely - almost a cornflower blue.

love this blue pottery!

See that blue floral border print?  I chose it because it reminded me of the pretty blue and white pottery (like this) that my mother-in-law used to have displayed in her home years ago.

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Irish Chain quilts usually look more complicated than they actually are, and this quilt is no exception.  Strip piecing makes quick work of the nine-patch blocks:

Nine patch blocks - quick using strip piecing

You can make all of the nine patches from one print like I did here, or you could make it scrappy like in this red & white version.  

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

The finished quilt measures 56" x 68" (throw size).  Make sure you go here and grab the free downloadable PDF pattern for this quilt! 

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can see all of the other projects made with the Faded Memories fabrics at the links below, and Faded Memories  is available now in stores!

Faded Memories Blog Tour for Penny Rose fabrics

Monday, April 24
Crystal Delaney
The Clever Quilt Studio 

Tuesday, April 25
Joan Hawley
Lazy Girl Designs

Wednesday, April 26
Susan Guzman
SuzGuz Designs

Thursday, April 27
Jina Barney
Jina Barney Designz

Friday, April 28
Andy Knowlton
A Bright Corner


Friday, April 28
Penny Sturges*
Quilts Illustrated

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Four

Patchwork Quilt Along - with free block patterns each month!

Are you ready for another block pattern for the Patchwork Quilt Along?  On the 15th of each month, the Fat Quarter Shop releases another block pattern - and we're up to the fourth block now!

Free pattern for these adorable Star & Cross quilt blocks

This month's block is called Star & Cross, and you can find the free block pattern here.

Patchwork Quilt Along block four

This month I didn't sit and make all of the blocks at once.  I had everything cut out and sitting next to my machine.  Then when I had a few minutes I would sit and sew a step or two of each block.

Squaring up half square triangles with a Bloc Loc ruler

Because we're working with such small pieces, for the half square triangles I prefer to cut them a little bigger (2.5" square) and then trim them to size using my Bloc-Loc ruler.  It just helps to make my blocks a little more accurate.

Free pattern for these adorable Star & Cross quilt blocks

Don't forget - there's a Patchwork Quilt Along facebook group here, where you can share photos of your blocks and ask any questions you might have.  And you can make a donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation here.

You can also read more on these blogs - all of these quilters will be joining in all year long!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

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